Former Enterprise baseball star Santiago “Santi” Garcia was named to the 2020 Bobby Bragan Collegiate Slugger Award Watch List last week.
The award was created by the Bobby Bragan Youth Foundation in 2017 and is open to all players in Division I baseball based on “performance at the plate, academics and personal integrity.”
Garcia – a former all-state player at EHS – is a star at Alabama State currently and is the only player from the Southwestern Athletic Conference to be named to the list. He’s also just one of two players from the State of Alabama to make the list, joining South Alabama’s Ethan Wilson.
In his freshman season, in 2018, Garcia started 15 games at catcher and hit .281 from the plate with 25 hits and one home run. He also scored 11 runs and had 15 RBIs.
Last season, Garcia boasted a .328 batting average, while catching every single pitch in ASU’s 464 innings of play during the season. He also had nine home runs with a team-leading 63 RBIs and a .513 slugging percentage. He had 458 putouts on defense, as well.
Garcia was named to the All-SWAC First-Team and made the Buster Posey Award Watch List, which goes to college baseball’s best catcher.
In four games so far this season, Garcia has five hits, two runs and three RBIs. He also has 15 putouts on defense.
The winner of the 2020 BBCSA will be announced in June and honored during the fall. Texas Tech’s Josh Jung was the winner last year. Jung went on to be drafted in the first round of the Major League Baseball Draft by the Texas Rangers.